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Oh man do I have a little bit of a $h!t mix for you. There is really no rhyme or reason to this li’l group of ditties today, but they’re all representing the sun coming out, cruising in a car with the window open on the way to the beach, and coming home sunburned and lazy. Wait, did I just describe the last couple weeks of my life? I THINK SO! Got a wicked British pop star, an American hip-hop chica, and an Australian group I have fond mem’z of.

1. Zombie – Natalia Kills

Do you know Natalia. Wait. What? You don’t. YOU SHOULD! Kills’ debut album Perfectionist is a dirty pop dream, you know, the sweaty kind where you wake up breathing hard. And she WILL blow up in North America soon enough, so climb on the Kills train. She’s opened for Kelis, and for Robyn in their UK tours, and is opening for Ke$ha on her UK leg. She’s sexy and trashy as hell and her music is unbubbled British pop to the core. Although some of her other singles which you should youtube immedatement are a little more catchy, the combo of this video and song together gets my goat. Fact: I am a zombie movie fanatic. This video makes you feel like you’re watching something pirated you may get arrested for watching, and the slick down beats keep me wantin’ more Natalia.

Songs after the jump…

Looks like Robyn won’t be “Dancing On Her Own” anymore. She’s found a girlfriend to get her groove on, rapper Rye Rye. The M.I.A. protege and her show off some serious bright rompers and loud-printed outfits for their new music video. The second I heard this collaboration, I couldn’t wait to see the video. And the video for “Never Will Be Mine” doesn’t disappoint, it’s the perfect visual for the upcoming sunny summer days.

As you know, I love me some Robyn and one of my favorite tracks from her “Robyn” album was “Be Mine“. Rye Rye has used the catchy hook and slowed it down and given her own interpretation for the track. The result is a perfect fusion of pop and hip-hop. It’s the ultimate cool treat on those hot summer days. I have no doubt “Never Will Be Mine” will be a huge hit for the two ladies. Hopefully, they’ll get some decent mainstream radio play from it as well.

Tim Nackashi directed the two ladies on the streets of Los Angeles. It’s simple, but captures the cool essence of the two ladies. Rye Rye reminds of a rapping Fantasia. As mentioned earlier, the two sport some pretty funky outfits. It’s like they were trying to out-do each other. Speaking of wardrobes. Robyn is once again sporting a cropped bomber jacket. She certainly loves that look doesn’t she. Check out the video below.

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Robyn has just released her video for her latest single, “Call Your Girlfriend“. In the video, Robyn dances non-stop by herself in what appears in a large warehouse. Perhaps the warehouse where she secretly meets the guy she sings about? With a little lighting magic, it’s the perfect dancefloor for Robyn to express what’s on her mind. Essentially, Robyn wants the man she’s into to call his girlfriend and breakup with her because he’s met someone new – her. It’s a catchy tune, but there’s no beating around the bush that Robyn’s singing from the “other girl” slash “homewrecker” perspective – LOL. You know the other girl will be devastated, hurting with “Every Heart Beat”.

The video, directed by Max Vitali, is so simple, yet extremely captivating. It’s only Robyn in one setting with very little editing, but the lighting is amazing and Robyn dances as if no one is watching. The only think I don’t like about the video is the landscape/rectangular crop of the screen. It is way too narrow for my liking. Other than that, it’s actually pretty incredible. Check it out!

Watch the video after the jump…

Robyn Goes Artsy For Out Magazine

In: Donovan, Music

If you’re a fan of Robyn, you’re going to love Out Magazine’s new editorial piece on her. Not only are her pop art-inspired pictures fantastic, taken by photographer GL Wood, but her interview for the magazine is fascinating as well. No wonder she is one of the most beloved gay icons in recent years.

Robyn first came to prominence when she was just 16-years-old when her debut album, “Robyn Is Here“, became a smashing hit. But as years went on, success in the United States eluded her, despite being huge in Europe. That being said, she wasn’t completely unloved in North America. Much like Kylie Minogue, Robyn’s gay fans kept her relevant when the masses ignored her. Even without this type of loyalty, the Swedish singer identifies with the LGBT community. And it’s not because she’s a lesbian, because she’s not. It’s partly due to her experience being mistaken as a boy growing up.

“I get mistaken for a lesbian all the time — but I guess I do have the most lesbian haircut of any of the girls in my field,” she laughs, referring to her signature blonde bowl cut. “And when I was growing up and I introduced myself to people I’d say, ‘Hi, my name is Robyn and I’m a girl,’ because in Sweden, Robyn is a boy’s name and I had such short hair. My handicrafts teacher thought I was a boy for three years. I tried to tell her I was a girl, but she’d just say, ‘My little boy wanted to be a girl when he was a kid, too.’ Finally my mom had to write her a note that said, ‘Please don’t assume that Robyn is a boy anymore because she’s a girl.’ Having that experience where I was confronted by people’s reactions to what I looked like or what I was supposed to look like made me identify with queerness. It still happens to me all the time, and a lot of the time it happens to me in America because even though what I consider butch is still very feminine in Europe, here you can shock people very easily just by looking a little queer.”

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5 Pick-Me-Up Songs!

In: Kyle, Music

Last night Bring It On was playing on TV.  As with any gay guy or girl of my generation, I have seen this movie a hundred times or so and yet, one part remains my all-time favorite. I’ll set the scene for you! Kirsten Dunst’s character, Torrance, is upset because her cheer-tastic life isn’t perfect and she may have just lost her new beau, Cliff. Upset, she sits in bed and pops in the tape (yes, tape) that Cliff had made for her pre-fight. Instantly Cliff’s infectious lyrics and melody pull Torrance out of her funk and onto her feet! Cheesy? Maybe, but life’s better a little cheesy.

Like good ol’ Torrance, we all have those days. Nothing is going right and you just need a pick-me-up! Luckily for me, I already have a playlist dedicated for these exact days. The songs I’ve chosen are not new by any means, just some good, go-to songs that’ll cheer you up. So lock the door, pull the curtains and enjoy!

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Last night, Logo aired the fourth annual NewNowNext Awards in glittery fashion. James Van Der Beek hosted the irreverent awards show honoring everything fantastical in pop culture and tomorrow’s next big things. This year the awards returned back to Los Angeles but at a new venue- the Avalon. I’ve been to the venue numerous times, mostly to dance my butt off at Tigerheat. It was definitely odd to go during daylight at last Thursday’s taping to cover the red carpet and interview this years nominees and presenters. Special shout out goes to Logo for giving Alex and I such a great spot on the red carpet.

In addition to the regular award categories, this year’s ceremony honored Lady Gaga with the “Always Next, Forever Now Award“. Definitely fitting since, the Fame Monster made her television debut on the NewNowNext Awards years ago. In between awards, the raucous crowd were entertained by wicked performances by Robyn, Panic! at the Disco, Oh Land and Wynter Gordon. The show also featured presenters including by Adam Lambert, Paula Abdul, Carmen Electra, Joey McIntyre (New Kids on the Block), A.J. McLean (Backstreet Boys), Jonathan Knight (New Kids on the Block), Brittany Snow (“Harry’s Law”), Busy Phillips (“Cougar Town”), Perez Hilton, Aubrey O’Day (“All About Aubrey”), Keegan Allen and Torry DeVitto (“Pretty Little Liars”), RuPaul, George Kotsiopolous (“Fashion Police”), Kim Coles, Lisa Lampanelli, Sara Rue (“Shedding for the Wedding”), Gretchen Rossi (“The Real Housewives of Orange County”), Lisa Vanderpump (“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”) and Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge (“The Fabulous Beekman Boys”). Special appearances from the evening included: Johnny Weir, RuPaul, guest DJ and recording artists Neon Hitch, the queens of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Jessica & Hunter and Drew Droege (“Chloe”).

watch our coverage from the red carpet after the jump…

My Latest YouTube Sensation… Meet Eli Lieb

In: Music, Rich

He might not have a million views yet, so not a “sensation” yet, but I can’t get enough of singer/songwriter Eli Lieb. I first discovered him after going to a GREAT Robyn concert a couple months ago. I was singing her songs for days. Totally obsessed. So, I started searching for covers on YouTube and stumbled across Mr. Lieb. Hello!

His cover of Robyn’s ‘Hang With Me’ was one of the best I’ve heard. It didn’t hurt that he’s cute as hell and stares right through the camera with beautiful flirty eyes. Sigh. Since I first discovered it, I’ve posted it on Facebook (a few times!) and have even been known to break it out on my iPhone at parties for others to enjoy. He definitely deserves the attention.

Check out Hang With Me. I dare you to disagree.

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Even though Robyn’s next official single is “Call Your Girlfriend“, a new music video for another track debuted yesterday on Pitchfork.tv. Not just any other song, but a bonus track from her “Body Talk 2″ CD. So why did she drop a music video for a bonus track instead of “Call Your Girlfriend“? Technically, “Bad Gal” is being credited as Savage Skulls & Douster featuring Robyn. Sufficed to say, it’s being released as their new single from their “Get Rich Or Die Trying” EP.

The Swedish goddess channels her inner hoochie bad gal in this visually entertaining music video. Directed by Tim Erem, the clip has a vintage James Bond movie feel. Filmed in Southern France, it shows Savage Skulls involved in a car chase through the Pyrenees, a vintage tennis match and masked wrestler showdowns. Robyn also gets involved by working her best tango. It’s a fun video for a trippy addicting tune. Check it out below.

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